Courses for Provisionally Licensed Teachers

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides approved courses for teachers holding a provisional license from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Only VDOE may grant a provisional license upon request of a Virginia public school division seeking to employ an individual with minimal competency gaps.

Review additional details about the VDOE provisional license below. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Julia Burke at jburke@richmond.edu or (804) 484-1584.

Courses for Provisionally Licensed Teachers

The University of Richmond is authorized by VDOE as an “approved licensure program,” meaning approved courses taken at UR will address licensure requirements.

The SPCS Education program offers many courses that are open to provisional license holders seeking coursework related to the VDOE’s professional studies requirements. The following classes are offered on a consistent rotation.

Scheduling matrix of courses for provisionally licensed teachers
Course Level Schedule
EDUC 507U Instruction & Assessment in Elementary Science Elementary Fall, Spring
EDUC 517U Foundations of Education Elementary, Secondary & Comprehensive Fall, Spring, Summer
EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development Elementary, Secondary & Comprehensive Spring, Summer
EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction Elementary Fall, Summer
EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning Elementary, Secondary & Comprehensive Fall, Summer
EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms Secondary & Comprehensive Fall, Spring
EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education Elementary, Secondary & Comprehensive Fall, Summer
EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy Secondary & Comprehensive Spring, Summer
EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management Elementary, Secondary & Comprehensive Spring, Summer

Additionally, we offer classes related to Gifted Education and Special Education that may be used to complete requirements for add-on endorsements. We also periodically offer classes focused on specific instructional needs, including Arts Integration, English Language Learners (ELL) and Trauma-Informed Care.

Provisionally licensed individuals should confirm with a VDOE Licensure Specialist that a course meets VDOE’s professional studies requirements before registering for any course.

Review the schedule of classes (below) to see which classes are being offered or will be offered in an upcoming term.

Additional Information

What is a provisional license?

Provisional licenses are issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) at the request of the hiring school division.

The provisional license is a nonrenewable license valid for a period not to exceed three years. It is issued to an individual who has minimal competency gaps for full licensure as set forth by the VDOE in the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The individual must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The provisional license, with the exception of those individuals seeking licensure through a career switcher program, is issued for three years. Individuals must complete the requirements for the regular, ten-year license within the Provisional License’s three-year term.

Who might seek a provisional license?

A provisional licensure is one alternative route to licensure approved by the VDOE. For example, individuals who graduate from an accredited college or university without education coursework would not meet the VDOE requirements for an initial teaching license. However, such individuals may seek an alternative route to licensure like the provisional license. VDOE regulations allow an individual with minimal competency gaps to be employed by a school division and be granted a provisional license.

This license must be requested by the hiring school division, not by the individual.

The VDOE is the licensure authority for all teaching licenses for grades K-12 in the state. The VDOE grants licensure to individuals who meet the requirements either via a state-approved Teacher Education program or through an alternative route to licensure.

Where can I learn more about a provisional license?

Please contact a Licensure Specialist in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure at the VDOE at (804) 225-2022 with any questions specific to a provisional license and/or fulfilling competency gaps during the term of your provisional license.

Available Classes

  • EDUC 510U Concepts and Methods in Elementary Math
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Patricia Stohr-Hunt

    CRN: 30118 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    In-depth examination of fundamental mathematical concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on whole numbers and their operations, algebraic thinking in the early grades, and measurement. Content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research and learning theory.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 506U

  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)

    Chantea Wright

    CRN: 30105 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Tammy Milby

    CRN: 30120 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

  • EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
    Monday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Andrew Baker
    Ryan Conway

    CRN: 30109 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Instructional design is the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information, resources and evaluation (Smith, 1999). This course combines knowledge of learning theory with technology skills to maximize the effectiveness of instructional design. Using hands on learning experiences students will acquire knowledge of instructional methods, digital tools and the principles of design.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 542U or EDUC 507U

  • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)

    Laura Kuti

    CRN: 30111 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instruction, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Lynne Bland

    CRN: 30112 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
    Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm

    William Hall

    CRN: 30114 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Live remote sessions as scheduled plus asynchronous work on Mondays. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Effective classroom and behavior management skills to build individual responsibility and self-discipline, promote self-regulation, and maintain a positive learning environment. Research-based classroom and behavior management techniques, classroom community building, positive behavior supports, and individual interventions.